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Chappell knew India would fail in WC

cricket Updated: Nov 15, 2007 16:07 IST

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Even before setting foot on Caribbean soil, the then India cricket coach Greg Chappell was sure that the team's World Cup campaign would end in disaster as it was a "flawed group" without any youngsters.

The former coach says the composition of the team was such that it never was in the reckoning for the title. The Indians crashed out in the preliminary stage after losing to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

"We came here with a flawed group and got the results that we deserved," Chappell said in ABC Television's documentary 'Guru Greg'.

"They (the BCCI) might just decide they don't want to talk about it. They might be quite happy to sack the lot of us and move on," he added.

Even before leaving for the quadrennial event, Chappell said he knew that having old warhorses instead of fresh faces would ultimately prove detrimental to the team's chances.

"We tried to change it (the team) to move away from an old based team, to get some youth and some young legs and some strong arms into the team as well as some good batting and bowling," Chappell said in the programme, according to media reports.

"But unfortunately it's been resisted, actively resisted from within the team and without so we're going to finish up with an old team going to the World Cup.

"On paper it looks good but I'm not sure it's going to get the results the people of India want," Chappell said.
The former Australian captain said the Indian team needed an infusion of youth but the BCCI chose to look the other way and continued to hold on veterans.

"To be quite honest, if there is not an intention of change there's not much point myself, or any of the other coaches for that matter, getting involved. It's very difficult to keep putting wallpaper over the cracks," he explains in the documentary.

"The cracks have got big and the structure needs to be dealt with." Chappell told 'The Australian' that he wanted to give up his job after the World Cup humiliation but chose to continue to honour his contract.

"I probably had the chance to walk away at that stage but you can't walk out halfway through something you've taken on," he said.

"In hindsight it may have been the better thing to do but I had committed to be there for that period of time so I decided I'd see it out. But by that stage I'd certainly decided I wasn't going to go any further," he recalled.

The controversial former Aussie captain also took a pot shot at old nemesis Sourav Ganguly and said the left hander expected him to toe his line after being instrumental in getting the coach's job.

"From an Indian cultural point of view, if you do someone a favour then they owe you for life," Chappell said. "Sourav may have thought that was the way it is. It couldn't be that way. A, I can't work that way, and B, it doesn't work that way from a team point of view. "The team unit is more important than the individual, whoever that individual is," he added.